Production of a monoenergetic electron bunch in a self-injected laser-wakefield accelerator

C. L. Chang, C. T. Hsieh, Y. C. Ho, Y. S. Chen, J. Y. Lin, J. Wang, S. Y. Chen

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Abstract

Production of a monoenergetic electron bunch in a self-injected laser-wakefield accelerator is investigated with a tomographic method which resolves the electron injection and acceleration processes. It is found that all the electrons in the monoenergetic electron bunch are injected at the same location in the plasma column and then accelerated with an acceleration gradient exceeding 2 GeV cm. The injection position shifts with the position of pump-pulse focus, and no significant deceleration is observed for the monoenergetic electron bunch after it reaches the maximum energy. The results are consistent with the model of transverse wave breaking and beam loading for the injection of monoenergetic electrons. The tomographic method adds a crucial dimension to the whole array of existing diagnostics for laser beams, plasma waves, and electron beams. With this method the details of the underlying physical processes in laser-plasma interactions can be resolved and compared directly to particle-in-cell simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number036402
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume75
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Mar 2007

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